The quick version of this review? If you are a "Puff," I would run from this movie. Run fast. Just what is a "Puff"? Glad you asked. A puff is someone who is sensitive to anything some would deem inappropriate, vulgar, politically incorrect, or violent. If you don't like college, scratch that, kindergarten-level bathroom humor? Don't watch - you've been warned. If, however, you feel you are mature enough to handle the obscene, violent, sexual, and ridiculous, then, by all means, give "The Wet Ones" a shot. Be warned, reader, content aside, this is a stupidly long film. It took me three sittings to watch it.
Trying to explain this film is like attempting to conceptualize a microchip if you were a maggot. For those who remember, think of the "Benny Hill Show" if it were created by an intelligent squirrel. This film is two and a half hours of random, vulgar, and sometimes funny weirdness. Complete with toys, cutouts, trippy colors and transitions, and the occasional live actor - who also happens to be mixed in with all of the above. If there is a real story here, I surely didn't get it. For me, "The Wet Ones" is a compilation of sounds and imagery designed to shock, offend, and be funny - if you are one of those people who appreciate this kind of comedy. Strictly from a character standpoint, this movie has loads of celebrity cameos - even going so far as to include Steve Urkel - sort of. Wigwolf, who created this film and even performed in it, has pieced together a vast nut-kick to society. With his own juvenile flare, obviously. The skinny of it all? There is some good stuff here for those who enjoy this type of comedy, and the biggest problem "The Wet Ones" has is its sheer length. Had this film been a more reasonable eighty to ninety minutes, I feel it would have fared much better. But like the movie's actual content, it feels like Wigwolf made the film this long simply to annoy. If that is the case, mission accomplished.
Generally reserved for the technical aspects of a title, I find myself with not a lot to write - that hasn't been written already. Perhaps I should add that "The Wet Ones" would be a great movie to watch if you plan to trip out - preferably with a friend. But even the old-fashioned standby, alcohol, would do the trick if you and a few friends need something playing in the background to laugh and giggle over. There's plenty of content to ogle during "The Wet Ones," and as I mentioned earlier, some of it is even funny. I thought so anyhow. Again, if you're a "Puff," you won't like a minute of it. The colors and sounds in the film? They are BAM! In your face, and the jokes are meant to play out just as they do. There's nothing apologetic about this film - that would completely miss the point.
Wigwolf set out to do something different, and this flick is definitely that. There's no deception going on here. "The Wet Ones" promotes itself as precisely what it is, and those who seek this movie out will already understand what it's all about. I'm not going to lie. I laughed much more than I thought I would. But I also couldn't watch it all in one sitting. For some, this film wouldn't even warrant a rating, and for others, it may score as much as a four-star review. For me? I feel a two feels right - walking that thin line of being pretty okay, and not so much. Had it been a little shorter in length? Who can say?